Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Nov. 8, 2001 Tundra Drums editor R.A. Dillon questions the balance of energy politics
''They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing.'' - William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice.

Anchorage police seek applicants from the Bush
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Faced with a dwindling staff, the Anchorage Police Department is intensifying its recruitment efforts, including visits to the Bush in search of Alaska Native applicants.

Fire at Nome hospital forces evacuation
NOME (AP) -- A fire at Norton Sound Regional Hospital Friday night forced the evacuation of the building.

Two brown bears charge man and woman at Mendenhall Glacier
JUNEAU (AP) -- Two brown bears charged a couple who were walking along a trail at Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, just weeks after some residents downplayed the danger of grizzly bears in the area.

Nov. 7, 2001 The Voice of the Times sees hope elsewhere in the war on terrorism
Terrorism strikes at innocent men, women and children -- because that's the nature of this ugly beast. It is so as much in Northern Ireland as it is in Manhattan or the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Searchers drag Yukon River for missing Mountain Village man
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Volunteers headed out Tuesday to drag the Yukon River in search of a missing Mountain Village man, Alaska State Troopers said.

Marijuana legalization move cleared for signature gathering
JUNEAU (AP) -- A ballot measure seeking to legalize marijuana has cleared its first major hurdle, but it's unclear whether sponsors have enough time to put the question to voters in 2002.

State transportation team gets award for repatriation project
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of state transportation employees has won national recognition for working with families of long-dead tuberculosis victims contained in a bunker that had to be moved during an airport expansion in Sitka last year.

Anchorage police seek youth who robbed disabled child
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police in Anchorage are looking for a young man who robbed a disabled child of a new electric scooter last month.

Dismal summer sockeye run predicted for Bristol Bay
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The forecast for Bristol Bay reds doesn't look promising.

Celebrity adds third cruise ship for Alaska tours
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Celebrity Cruises has added a third ship to provide tours of Alaska next summer.

Quake strikes near Attu Island
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A strong earthquake struck near the western end of the Aleutian Islands early Tuesday morning.

Nov. 6, 2001 The Ketchikan Daily News urges resolution to state, shipyard dispute
Fall is a brisk season at the Ketchikan Shipyard. Workers are completing jobs and gearing up for winter, the busiest part of the ship-repair calendar.

Fairbanks police investigate robberies with similar suspect
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police are investigating two robberies that occurred within 24 hours and had a similar suspect.

Nov. 7, 2001 The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner thinks ANWR should be part of the solution
Whether or not Congress will open a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling has been an on-again, off-again issue for a long time. At least for now, it seems more likely to be leaning toward the ''off-again'' side, but that is subject to change.

Kenai looks for ways to boost airport activity
KENAI (AP) -- The Kenai Airport Commission and Kenai City Council are looking for ways to attract more aircraft to the Kenai Municipal Airport.

New York crash recalls 1993 engine loss in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The disastrous crash of an American Airlines jet in New York recalls a 1993 incident in Anchorage when an engine from a 747 cargo jet fell off and landed in a residential neighborhood. No one was injured then and the plane was able to land with its three remaining engines.

Anchorage man charged with assaulting officers in chase
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was arrested on multiple charges Monday after he tried to shake a police officer who was hanging onto the door of his vehicle, police report.

Alaska snow heads to Puerto Rico so children can make snowmen
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In what could be a first-of-a-kind shipment, a truckload of Alaska snow is headed to Puerto Rico so children there can build snowmen.

Governor: Nearly $100 million needed for possible terrorist attack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles announced a nearly $100 million initiative Monday to better prepare Alaska for a possible terrorist attack.

Coast Guard seizes Korean trawler
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Korean trawler was heading for Dutch Harbor Monday after authorities seized it for illegal fishing in U.S. waters.

Nov. 5, 2001 The Anchorage Daily News says no to a constitutional amendment to cap state spending
Long, long ago, in a financial galaxy far, far away, the State of Alaska might have needed a limit on spending written into the state constitution. In that distant OPEC-like world, oil paid for everything Alaska could reasonably want, with room to waste money on a whole lot more. Even though the Permanent Fund swept a good chunk of oil money off the table, it looked as if Alaska's appetite for oil-funded goodies would know no bounds.

Anchorage woman critically hurt in Hatcher Pass avalanche
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage woman was in critical condition Monday, a day after she was caught in an avalanche.

Nov. 9, 2001 The Peninsula Clarion weighs digital democracy against partisan parochialism
Alaska, of course, is known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife.

Nov. 8, 2001 Alaska Newspapers Inc. honors those who fought for freedom
What does a veteran look like? Some veterans wear visible signs of their service: a missing leg, a jagged scar, a haunted look in the eye. Others hide the evidence within them, perhaps a pin holding a bone in place or a piece of shrapnel in the arm. One cannot tell a veteran just by looking.

Quake strikes near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A moderate earthquake near Talkeetna shook parts of Southcentral Alaska Monday morning.

McGwire to retire
ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire, the former single-season home run king, announced his retirement from baseball Sunday following two injury-plagued seasons.

Suzuki, Pujols voted top rookies
NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki has a lot more confidence than the average rookie. Then again, he's not the average rookie.

China trip offers alternative ideas Area pharmacists use visit to boost options for new consulting business
When Jacksonville pharmacists Anne Cordes and Suzanne Meadows went to a nursing home in China, they were impressed.

Newspaper reports auto racing kills 22 each year
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- At least 260 people, including 29 spectators, died at auto racing events in the United States since 1990, The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday.

Elliott takes checkered flag at Penzoil
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- After seven years and 226 races without a victory, Bill Elliott wasn't even sure how to celebrate.

Boat launch site splits city council
In a 4-3 vote, the Kenai City Council endorsed a boat launch adjacent to the Cunningham Park fishing spot, over the objections of several citizens.

Council rejects $85,000 ice rink contract
The Kenai City Council rejected the only bid it received for maintenance at the city ice rink, saying it was far too costly.

Gas prices slow to change
Gasoline prices that had been steadily climbing nationwide since the spring of 2000 recently took an abrupt U-turn. Although prices in the Lower 48 reportedly have plummeted to sub-dollar marks, Alaska prices -- including those on the Kenai Peninsula -- have been slow to change -- if at all.

Passenger jet crashes after takeoff
NEW YORK -- A jetliner en route to the Dominican Republic broke apart minutes after takeoff and crashed in a waterfront neighborhood Monday, engulfing homes in flames and sowing initial fears of a new terrorist atrocity. All 260 people aboard were killed, and at least six others were reported missing on the ground.

Youth detention center design completed
The Kenai Peninsula Youth Detention Facility has moved a step closer to reality.

'I thought we were being bombed' -- crash strikes fear
NEW YORK -- Janet Barasso ran blindly through thick, black smoke with her two sons Monday and feared the worst after an American Airlines jetliner crashed just a block from her home.

Counting war expenses tricky, but discernible chunks adding up
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. helicopter lost in Afghanistan a week ago cost up to twice as much as the government spends yearly on scenic byways. Each cruise missile is worth several American homes.

Crash probably accident, not terrorists
WASHINGTON -- The American Airlines jet that crashed in New York lost all or part of an engine in flight, and investigators said preliminary evidence pointed strongly toward mechanical failure rather than terrorism as the cause.

Airport commission tackles issue of increasing business
The city of Kenai Airport Commission and city council met Thursday evening to discuss ways of attracting more aircraft to the Kenai Municipal Airport, and how a possible personal property tax break on planes would affect the city.

Vets, families reflect
Just as Americans have for 82 years, citizens paused during the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember and honor the sacrifices of the men and women who've served in our military.

A new disaster for neighborhood struggling with scores of deaths in trade center attack
NEW YORK -- People in the close-knit Rockaways neighborhood have spent the past two months struggling to recover from the loss of their neighbors in the World Trade Center. Then disaster struck again, this time even closer to home.

Jon Martin Wold
Minnesota resident Jon Martin Wold died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at his home in Bemidji, Minn. He was 86.

Jean Woodson Flickinger
Sterling resident Jean Woodson Flickinger died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 58.

Big obstacles remain in U.S.-Russia arms pact
WASHINGTON -- The U.S.-Russia relationship has undergone seismic shifts since the Sept. 11 terror attacks. When Russian President Vladimir Putin visits President Bush this week, the two leaders will have a historic opportunity to solidify some of those changes.

ANWR's status still on-again, off-again
Whether or not Congress will open a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling has been an on-again, off-again issue for a long time. At least for now, it seems more likely to be leaning toward the ''off-again'' side, but that is subject to change.

Executive order should be reversed; history should not be secret
It may be an unworthy thought, but it seems that the Bush White House has taken advantage of the nation's preoccupation with other matters to slip a patently self-serving executive order past Congress and the public.

Letters to the Editor
Peninsula solider serves to protect rights of all

New York accident comes at a trying time for airlines, their passengers
NEW YORK -- Even if it's ruled an accident, Monday's plane crash rattled an already nervous nation and threatened to undermine efforts to woo travelers back into the skies for the holiday season.

Bush uses folksy way of talking, steely resolve to inspire country
President Bush is acquiring the ability to inspire. He exudes strength, confidence and, to use a biblical term, righteousness. These are essential qualities for a leader who wants to strengthen the nation's resolve and convince us the war against terrorism will not be over soon, if ever.

Veterans earn respect anew Young people discover new appreciation for veterans in wake of attacks
PELHAM, N.Y. -- The two teens paused before the ornate plaques in the lobby of Pelham Memorial High School and did something they had never done before.

Food Bank receives grantBig brothers soughtHospice to hold open houseContest looking for young artistsRed Cross to offer first aid/CPR classAvalanche warning workshop offeredHomer Community Schools announcementsKenai Community Library announcementsAlaska SeaLife Center newsPost office deadlines coming up

Around the Peninsula
Pioneers meeting setPublic info meeting plannedSocial Security representatives visitUnited Way seeks board membersEconomic outlook forum slatedChurch group to sponsor Christmas bazaarBereavement class plannedLong-married couples soughtChoir invites community members to sing

Nikiski boy makes astronomy a winning hobby
Hello, my name is Walker Boyle, and I am doing an astronomy project for 4-H. I have done presentations on the relative size of our universe and displays on nebulae.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community Schools classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment. If you did NOT preregister, please call the Soldotna Community Schools office, at 262-6768, to check on cancellations and confirm your attendance. Details about each class can be found in the Fall-Winter 2001 Soldotna Community Schools brochure, which is available at Soldotna and Kenai public libraries, the city of Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Photo feature: In training
A DeHavilland Beaver from the Civil Air Patrol descends for a landing in Kenai in front of clouds lit by the setting sun Saturday. Rich Aber was flying the plane on a training mission with instructor Darrell Knackstedt and trained observer Ellen Knackstedt.

Ask a Trooper
Question: What should I do if I hit a moose, but my car has only minor damage and the moose walks away from the scene?

Around the Peninsula
Alliance meets over lunch todayJunior Miss contestants guests at chamber lunchSmall business seminar set for WednesdayJob Center advisory committee meets WednesdayPractice for Christmas Eve cantata to be WednesdayJuvenile detention facility panel to meet ThursdayBuilders association's banquet slated for ThursdayMarketing council to hold its banquet FridayChristmas bazaar scheduled for SaturdaySanta's elves to gather Saturday

Senior Briefs
What activities are available for our area seniors

Phone systems could be used to help detect callers' dementia
CHICAGO (AP) -- Automated touch-tone phone answering systems could help screen older callers for early signs of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, researchers say.

Lunch Menus
What's on the menu for our area seniors

NHL legends show they still have what it takes to beat the Kenai Kings Sunday
The Kenai Kings (over 35) Hockey Team wasn't quite up to the Oldtimers' Hockey Challenge Sunday at the Soldotna Sports Center, but about 1,000 area hockey fans were up for watching the Kings fail, and that made a winner out of Special Olympics of the Kenai Peninsula.

Colts hit with jaw, knee injuries to Manning, James
INDIANAPOLIS -- It'll take more than a broken jaw to keep Peyton Manning off the field.

Sabres stop Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- J.P. Dumont scored three goals, the last into an empty net to seal the Buffalo Sabres' 5-3 victory Monday night over the Florida Panthers.

Oklahoma beats Purdue in close game
DURHAM, N.C. -- Rosalind Ross scored 16 of her 24 points in the second half as No. 4 Oklahoma beat No. 11 Purdue 80-75 Sunday in the Women's Tip-Off Classic.

Gaddis feels no pressure to follow his brother's lead
Instead of trying to fill footsteps, Skyview senior Vance Gaddis has made some impressive footprints of his own.

Sonics deflate Jordan's Air
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan missed his first 14 shots Sunday and has a four-game losing streak for the first time in 11 1/2 years after the Washington Wizards fell to the Seattle SuperSonics 99-84.

Warriors quell Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Danny Fortson scored 20 points and had 22 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors held on for an 86-79 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

US team clinches World Cup spot, exhibits love of game in Trinidad
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Its World Cup berth secure, the United States finished qualifying with a lackluster scoreless tie against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.

Nebraska, Miami hold Nos. 1, 2 spots in BCS
Nebraska won big, Miami didn't, but both unbeaten teams remained on course to play for a national championship in the Rose Bowl.

Nikiski takes ACS Invitational
The Nikiski wrestling team claimed four individual championships Saturday to win the 47-team ACS Invitational.

Lindros saves Rangers with last-minute knee-bunt past Theodore
NEW YORK -- Eric Lindros scored 56 seconds into overtime, giving the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night.

Packers hand Bears upsetting defeat
CHICAGO -- No amazing comeback win for the Chicago Bears this time. Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers' defense wouldn't allow it.

UConn women advance in NIT
STORRS, Conn. -- Diana Taurasi scored 21 points, and Swin Cash added 17 to lead top-ranked Connecticut over Florida International 91-47 Sunday in the second round of the preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Titans come up just short against Baltimore
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have been involved in some wacky finishes in their short history. This was as wild of any of them.

Sports Briefs
Agassi gets his mind back on tennisOld foes go in together as Hall of Fame's latest class

Michigan State tops Detroit
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Aloysius Anagonye, Marcus Taylor and Adam Wolfe scored 14 points each and No. 15 Michigan State beat Detroit 80-70 in the Preseason NIT on Monday night to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 45 games.

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